This was a track I recorded a while back, using my Mom’s old Casio keyboard from the 80's and my guitar. Lecture is compliments of Alan Watts.
We have been brought up to experience ourselves as isolated centers of awareness and action, placed in a world that is not us; that is foreign, alien, other; which we confront.
The real deep down you is the whole universe, and its doing.
Your living organism, and all its behavior, it’s expressing it as a singer sings a song.
We need to experience ourselves in such a way that we could say that our real body is not just what’s inside the skin, but our whole total external environment.
Because if we don’t experience ourselves that way we mistreat our environment.
We treat it as an enemy, we try to beat it into submission.
And if we do that, comes disaster.
We exploit the world we live in;
we don’t treat it with love and gentleness and respect;
we cut down millions of acres of forests
to turn it into newspapers of all things.
Lovely trees turned into information about nothing.
And we don’t replace them properly.
We kick the world around, in revenge, for feeling that we are really puppets which the world kicks around.
So my main point, last night, was that we need a new kind of consciousness
in which every individual becomes aware that his “real” self is not just his conscious ego.
You know, lets take the headlight of a car:
The headlight shines on the road in front
The headlight does not shine on the wire that connects it with its own battery.
So, in a way, the headlight is unaware of how it shines;
and in the same way we are unaware of the sources of our consciousness.
We don’t know how we know.
There was a young man who said though, “It seems that I know that I know;
what I would like to see is the eye that sees me when I know that I know that I know”
And so we are ignorant of, we ignore,
it doesn’t come within the scope of our attention,
how it is that we manage to be conscious;
how it is that we manage to grow our hair,
to shape our bones, to beat our heart
and to secrete all the necessary fluid that we need from our glands.
We do it but we don’t know how we do it.
Because, you see, underneath the superficial self
which pays attention to this and that
theres is another self
more really us than I
and if you become aware of that unknown self
the more you become aware of it
the more you realize that it is inseparably connected with everything else that there is;
that you are a function of this total galaxy,
founded by the milky way
and that furthermore that this galaxy is a function of all other galaxies.
And that vast thing that you see far off in the telescopes
you look, and one day you’re going to wake up and say
Why, THAT’S ME!
and in knowing that known you see that you’ll never die.
You are the eternal thing that comes and goes;
it appears now as John Jones and now as Mary Smith now as Betty Brown
and so it goes forever and ever and ever...
released September 24, 2012
Alan Watts lecture: "Man in Nature"